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Eight Steps Q&A: Tanya Agarwal

By | Published on Saturday 17 August 2019

Producer Tanya Agarwal from the theatre company Burnt Lemon offers some tips on how to get the most from the Edinburgh Festival, in eight steps…

1: Beyond posters and reviews, how do you suggest people pick shows to see at this year’s Fringe?
Flyers! We’ve seen some brilliant things we found out about from random flyers that we’ve been given. The Fringe is such a great place to see things that you would normally never see and be pleasantly surprised – for the most part!

2: What tips have you got for people trying to see as many shows as possible in one day – how can you power through?
Pints and Paracetamol.

3: When people are reaching peak Fringe, what tips do you have for chilling out during the Festival?
Go for a walk somewhere that’s not Fringe mad. Believe it or not, as soon as you move out of the city centre it’s as if life has continued as normal and theatre doesn’t matter. It’s so refreshing to walk around somewhere were you’re not having a million flyers shoved in your face.

4: What things do you think should be on every Fringe-goers Edinburgh Festival bucket list?
Mosque Kitchen is by far the best food experience in Edinburgh – don’t miss out!

5: Beyond the flyer, what tips have you got for performers trying to get people into their shows?
Have genuine conversations with people about your show instead of just flyering them. Social media is also great for getting the word out.

6: The Fringe can be great for finding a new audience. What tips would you have for staying connected with that new audience beyond Edinburgh?
Again, social media! It’s probably the best and easiest way to stay in touch.

7: Performing at the Fringe is partly about building a network. What tips have you got for people looking to make connections in the industry?
Buy people drinks and talk about things apart from theatre.

8: How would you recommend performers stay healthy during all the Fringe madness?
Eat a vegetable from time to time! Try not to drink everyday and get an early night every once in a while.

Burnt Lemon’s show ‘Tokyo Rose’ was performed at Underbelly Cowgate at Edinburgh Festival 2019.